Wild mushroom soup
Cream of mushroom soup is tasty, but for a light and healthy alternative this creamless wild mushroom soup is divine. Full of flavor from quality oyster and shiitake mushrooms, red wine and a bit of pancetta, this wild mushroom soup is sure to please.
Wild mushroom soup recipe
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 quart chicken stock or low-sodium broth
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 large shallot, finely chopped
- 1-1/4 pounds mixed mushrooms, such as shiitake and oyster, sliced
- 1/4 pound thinly sliced pancetta, coarsely chopped
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped chives
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Cook the pancetta
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the pancetta and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. The pancetta will be crisp and golden brown. Transfer the pancetta to a plate, reserving the fat in the pan.
Cook the mushrooms and shallots
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Put the mushrooms in the pan and cook over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the mushrooms are lightly browned and softened. This will take about 6 minutes. Add the shallot and thyme and cook an additional 2-3 minutes, until the shallots begin to appear transparent.
Ready the broth, blend and serve
Add in the red wine. While the wine evaporates, scrape down the sides and bottom of the pan, scraping up the browned pieces. Remove 1 cup of mushrooms and set aside with pancetta. Pour in the chicken broth and add 3/4 of the pancetta. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes. If using an immersion blender, begin blending the ingredients in the pan. If you do not own an immersion blender, in batches, puree 1/3 of the recipe in your blender and return to pan. Repeat with remaining thirds.
Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Plate the soup in bowls. Garnish with your reserved mushrooms, pancetta and chopped chives.
- To keep this recipe low maintenance, buy chopped pancetta and sliced mushrooms. Doing so will reduce prep time substantially. You'll only have 1 shallot left to chop and that will take roughly 3 minutes.
- If you have an immersion blender, use it! It will save time, and you'll have fewer dishes to clean when dinner is over!
- If you don't want to open a nice bottle of wine just to use 1/4 cup in the recipe, buy cheaper mini wine bottles. Each is roughly 1 cup of wine — just enough for the recipe and a glass to drink while cooking!
- Don't cook with salted broth. Unsalted broth lets you salt to taste, ensuring the recipe doesn't come out briny.
- If you have trouble finding pancetta, replace the pancetta with bacon or small cubes of ham. Both will work well and give the soup a depth of flavor.